Asst. Professor. English.
Indira Gandhi Govt Arts & Commerce College
Vaishali Nagar, Bhilai. Chhattisgarh
Rushdie adorns women in the position of Shakti’s, i.e. compares her deity or Goddess. He says India “Imagines itself as a woman- Bharat Mata, Mother India. He further adds that she is “Devi”, the mother goddess in her most terrible aspect, possessor of Shakti of the Gods. According to Rushdie, fantasy or illusion means, Maya, which also means in its dynamic aspect as Shakti, that is women. So Rushdie’s phantasmagoric world is incomplete without the Maya or woman. In this world of illusion or fantasy, i.e. Maya, the women finds a special position. They are the true protagonist. This is Rushdie’s world, his world created by the osmosis of his thoughts, where no shameful deeds are done towards women, they are not maltreated, and if they are, she is strong enough like Shakti to avenge her shame. Rushdie wanted a peaceful, united world. He raises his voice against, shamefulness prevailing in the world.
Keywords: – Phantasmagoria, Shakti, Maya, osmosis.